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He responded warmly to people who greeted him outside the 11th century Shiva shrine

Prime Minister on Sunday paid his respects at the Temple in Bhubaneswar and responded warmly to the enthusiastic people who greeted him outside the 11th century shrine.

Soon after his arrival at the temple, Modi was greeted by people who had gathered outside the building and also positioned themselves atop rooftops to take a glimpse of the leader.

A beaming prime minister waved at them before being escorted into the shrine by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, priests and servitors.

Modi, who spent around 25 minutes at the temple premises amid tight security, offered flowers, bel leaves, milk, coconut water and sweets in a special puja to Lord Lingaraj, a priest who accompanied the prime minister said.


Narendra Modi, Lingaraj temple, Lord Lingaraj, Bhubaneswar

Prime Minister waves to people during his visit to temple after darshan of Lord in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Photo: PTI
 

The prime minister then went around the temple premises and offered prayers before other deities, including Devi Parvati, he said.

Modi also interacted with the sevayats and enquired about different aspects of the famous shrine.

He was apprised about the temple’s history, rituals and architecture, a servitor said.

The prime minister emphasised the need to keep the temple premises clean and ensure “Swachhata” all over.

Several servitors were also seen taking selfies with the prime minister. “It was a rare opportunity and we did not want to miss it,” said a servitor.

Before leaving the temple, Modi put his signature on the register meant for VVIP visitors.

As a cheering crowd waited outside, the PM walked quite a distance barefoot waving at the people, then went up to the barricade to reciprocate as the crowd shouted “Modi, Modi” before proceeding to Janata Maidan, to attend the second day’s proceedings of BJP’s executive meeting.

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